Lord, if at thy command
Lord, if at thy command. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
This hymn of encouragement on the work of a minister was not published in Charles Wesley’s life time. Its first appearance seems to have been in the Supplement (1831) to John Wesley*’s Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780) (Watson and Trickett, 1988, p. 438). It was preceded by a quotation from Acts 11: 21, ‘And the hand of the Lord was with them.’ It consisted of two DSM stanzas:
Lord, if at thy command The word of life we sow, Water’d by thy almighty hand, The seed shall surely grow: The virtue of thy grace, A large increase shall give, And multiply the faithful race, Who to thy glory...
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